I am not sure where the time is disappearing to? We are already at the end of January 2015, and I feel the year has just begun… It might also have to do with the fact that this winter is not anything we have experienced since we moved to Saskatchewan. I know the year started out very cold with icy winds and some snow. Our furnace stopped working while we were still away, and thanks to very caring neighbors and friends we didn’t come home to frozen pipes. All that was waiting was a hefty bill from the furnace repair person who replaced the same part that was replaced less than a year ago…
The weather has turned: It is unseasonably warm here and yesterday it rained off and on all day eating away the snow from the hills and reducing the ice on the lake. This did not scare away the ice fishermen: Yesterday at 7:30 a. m. (when it was still pitch dark) several tents and campers on the ice showed signs of life. Candles or camping lanterns illuminated the windows and showed fishermen “hard at work.”
I am back in the studio actively working on catching up with office chores while Colin is looking after the year-end book keeping. Last week my excitement began to grow: The mailbox in town contained several registrations for Art Quilt Campus 2015. I have now established that there are only 7 spaces open in week 2 from September 20th – 26th. Week 1 has a waiting list.
The images above are a great overview of some of the activities that took place during Art Quilt Campus 2014, week 2. What is Art Quilt Campus? If you have not heard about this event I organize once a year here is a short synopsis: Art Quilt Campus accepts registrations from up to 15 participants (first come – first serve). We gather from Sunday night dinner till Saturday morning after breakfast to dye (in a separate dye studio), design, cut sew, and create with mentor input. Participants bring their ideas (and sometimes projects in progress) to work without interruptions. The creative energy in the large classroom is difficult to describe.
This will be the third year that I organize Art Quilt Campus. In late July 2012 we started calling the event Art Quilt Campus when a small group of seven had the entire Emma Lake Campus to ourselves. After Emma Lake Kenderdine Campus closed in November 2012 I secured an alternate venue for one week where 12 participants gathered for five day. 2014 saw an unprecedented increase in interest and I decided to expand the event to two weeks. St. Peter’s Abbey in Muenster, SK east of Saskatoon, is where we gather and grow our art quilt knowledge. I welcome seasoned and beginner quilters alike. Last year Mei dyed her first fabric to create her first quilt!!! What commitment! And she did it! Here are several links to Art Quilt Campus 2014:
July 22nd, 2014 – First Impressions of Art Quilt Campus 2014
July 23rd, 2014 – Show and Share Evening
July 24th, 2014 – Fun in the Dye Studio and the Class Room
July 26th, 2014 – Creative Outcomes from a Dynamic Group
Please note: My computer crashed that week and many of the images were lost as I had neglected to back up every day. The images in today’s slideshow are all of week 2 and here
July 29th, 2014 – Introducing Group 2 at Art Quilt Campus
July 30th, 2014 – A few dye studio and classroom action shots
August 1st, 2014 – Limitless Creative Energy and Countless Smiles
August 6th, 2014 – Group Photo and short recap of week 2
And here is walk down memory lane. Art Quilt Campus I was held at Shekinah (north of Saskatoon near Waldheim, SK in August 2013). One week of 12 motivated quilters came together in an idyllic setting far from all amenities:
Introducing Art Quilt Campus 2013
Recapping the experience with images
Are you intrigued? Interested? Can’t wait to register? Here is the AQC 2015 Registration Form Week 2.
Once you make your decision to participate, please email me <firstname.lastname@example.org> with AQC 2015 in the subject line. Past participants came from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario and Colorado. Let’s see who will make the trek this year…
Questions? Comments? Want to share your experience from the past with prospective participants? Please weigh in with comments below.
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Hi Anna! I am so happy to hear that you are having such a strong response to Art Quilt Campus 2015. Your registrants will not be disappointed. I am so sorry that I will be MIA for the first time in 3 years… as you know it is certainly something that I look forward to in my calendar every summer. My mom was even concerned, “How am I going to get some of that wonderful Jam again?” That berry jam that the monks make is so wonderful. I may have to get a care package sent out. It was such a great week last summer, I agree with Minnie, who I will miss as well. Such a week filled with creative energy and inspiration. I will most certainly be the first to sign up for 2016. Promise!! Alison xxxx
Thanks, Alison! We will miss you and your boundless energy and enthusiasm this year! Your name is on the top of the list for 2016 – I plan to go back to the last two weeks of July, so mark your calendar!
Oh my, this brings back fond memories. I’m so glad to hear of the robust registration. It was a wonderful week – I recommend it to anyone!
Thanks, Minnie! We did have a great time last year – can’t wait to see what transpires this year!